Category Archive: Functionality

Nov 15 2016

SaaS for AEC subcontractors and SMEs

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While some SaaS vendors focus on the needs of main/general contractors and owners, eSub aims to provide an easy-to-use mobile project management solution specifically for subcontractors, while TidyBuild supports SME business needs. For some years, the construction collaboration technology sector largely focused on web-based platforms to support whole project delivery, creating a single central repository for …

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Nov 14 2016

Trimble enhances cloud and mobile tech

Trimble expands its mixed reality, mobile and cloud collaboration capabilities. Among the subjects I discussed with Bentley executives at the recent 2016 Year In Infrastructure conference in London was an announcement regarding an alliance with GIS technology provider TopCon – and whether this changed Bentley’s relationship with fellow US technology giant, Trimble, announced in 2014 …

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Nov 13 2016

Rapport3: SaaS practice management

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Surrey, UK-based Cubic Interactive markets its Rapport3 SaaS platform to professional AEC practices – could it connect to collaboration platforms too? Nine years ago, I briefly encountered Cubic Interactive at the 2007 Construction Computing Show (post), but they were mainly focused on on-premise intranet-type solutions, and competing with Union Square (now part of the Deltek …

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Nov 01 2016

Bentley announces its ‘Totex’ AssetWise solution

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At Bentley Systems’ 2016 Year in Infrastructure conference in London this week, the company has announced the availability of its whole-life data solution, AssetWise CONNECT Edition, complementing the ProjectWise CONNECT Edition launched a year ago (post). Connected data is a recurring theme. A connected data environment Greg Bentley said the CONNECT Editions of AssetWise and ProjectWise provide …

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Nov 01 2016

Newforma: collaboration more important than ever

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Collaboration is now more critical than ever as British firms look to other global markets to understand how best to adapt post-Bexit, says Newforma. I talked to Newforma co-founder Jim Forester when he was in London recently. With the UK political establishment still in turmoil after the EU Referendum result, and the construction industry concerned …

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Oct 14 2016

Saas budget management with Budget4cast

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Launched in the US at the recent Construction Management Association of America (CMAA) conference in San Diego, California, is a new cloud-based project budget management application, Budget4cast. Denver, Colorado-based CEO Bryan Carruthers (a career project manager turned AEC software entrepreneur) believes it’s something of a unique product, which he says generated a lot of interest and …

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Oct 12 2016

Aconex connects to Dropbox

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At the end of August 2016, Dropbox and Australia-based SaaS construction collaboration vendor Aconex announced (Dropbox news release; Aconex news release) a global partnership to provide integrated cloud-based collaboration solutions to the construction and engineering industry. As part of this agreement, Aconex and Dropbox will deliver better data integration between the two platforms, allowing users to save …

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Oct 04 2016

think project! acquires Conetics

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Rationalisation of the European construction collaboration market has taken another step forward. Munich, Germany-based vendor think project! has announced that it has acquired 100% of the shares of another (smaller) German vendor, Cologne-based Conetics AG. According to the think project! news release, Conetics AG was established in 2000 in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany, as a spin-off of …

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Sep 26 2016

BuildBinder CIMS

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Watching the US Software-as-a-Service construction collaboration space, I recently discovered another startup – San Francisco, California-based BuildBinder – targeting the construction project management sector. (Despite the similarity of names, I don’t think it has any connection to another Californian business, close-out documentation specialist Combinder, which I covered in April 2016; I have also written a few …

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Sep 05 2016

Newforma gets connected

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Silos (both company and IT) have long inhibited collaboration in construction. Newforma’s ‘Connector’ strategy seeks to break them down. I recently wrote (16 August: Newforma now playing cloud catch-up?) about Newforma’s Cloud Services initiative, which has seen the vendor expand its extranet-type capabilities, complementing its original core on-premise, behind-the-firewall application. I spoke last Thursday to Newforma CEO …

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